This isn't about loyalty. This is about being cautious and not so quick to change at drop of a dime. I've only been using Victor for a year, so what loyalty do I really have for the brand? If it is about loyalty, I would've stuck with TOTW Pacific, or RCGSD, or any number of other brands. I'm just tired of changing foods every time there's a recall, or a small bit of news of some study that someone did, or price changes, or etc. It's already hard enough to find a food that my dog will actually eat, that he's not allergic to, that it's not hard to get, and that it's not ridiculously expensive. I'm sure Victor is aware of the DC issue and I'm sure they did their own studies and found that their new formula is safe or else why would they sell it and risk their reputation and company on it? Anyway, you're free to change foods, but don't assume that the reason the rest of us aren't changing is because of "loyalty."
Amen to that. The only brands I'm loyal to are brands, Seger, Faren and Meeka. Weird that people want to claim others are blindly loyal for not freaking. Judgey Judgey.
I watched people jump on the grain free bandwagon. I fed grain free food for awhile and my dog did terrible on it. All peas, sweet potato and squashes. Lots of fiber for huge, stinky, poops. Change out one non meat item with protein for another based on panic over the wheat contamination, internet chatter and zero science. Look where that got them.
People freak over corn and yet one of the best foods out there for working dogs is Redpaw, formulated by mushers for maximum stamina (Redpaw also uses blood meal). Every dog I've seen that eats it look phenomenal, packed with muscle and can work all day.
Blood meal - I looked up the nutritional content. High protein, 1:1 calcium/phos. So they can add this, get the appropriate protein content without jacking the cal/phos. ratio. And have more control over what vitamins/minerals/amino acids need to be balanced because blood meal has little vitamins/minerals. Anyone that has ever tried to balance a meal for dogs based on NRC guidelines feels my pain on this. BTW...a friend is a dog food rep. Victor is a competing brand. She told me Victor was one of the best on the market because of their vitamin pack. She said that about a competing brand.
And as a side note on protein - studies by Cornell vets have shown that a protein percentage over 30% actually decreases stamina in working dogs.
As far as having more peas and adding chick peas (which btw has a very low glycemic index so if they added the garbanzo beans in place of some of the peas that is a good thing), what are their percentages of the legumes in their food based on the other well known, highly touted foods? I would like to see a side by side comparison of percentages. Give me numbers and studies and longevity.
And, if the taurine issue is a concern, why are people even still feeding grain free if the dog has no allergies to grain? No judgement there. I'm truly curious on the logic. They still don't even know what is causing this. Zero concrete answers, only theories. One of which is that people are feeding the wrong food for the calories required by the specific dog so the dog is being fed less than the recommended amount on the bag. Maybe the grain free foods have higher calorie or carb content so people are feeding less thinking they are doing the best thing for their dog? Nobody knows for sure yet.